Turkey trot hits B.O.

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK– Broadway decomposed like yesterday’s turkey during Week 27 (Nov. 29-Dec. 5), with receipts falling 9.6% to $15,696,849 as tourists went home after a Thanksgiving weekend jaunt. Ticket sales dropped a smaller 4.0% to 232,388.

Perhaps it was the tryptophan that caused the lethargic pace of “The Phantom of the Opera” (down $271,993 to $604,872), “Beauty and the Beast” (down $267,014 to $643,967) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (down $246,319 to $540,870), the three shows that suffered the most.

Grosses saw a bigger percentage drop than attendance did because both receipts and attendance were up at plays (15.0% and 22.7%, respectively), and plays charge less per ticket than tuners.

Post-holiday percentage decline in receipts is only slightly more than the drops of the past two years, but the total gross is nearly $2 million below both the 2003 ($17.3 million) and 2002 ($17.6 million) figures.

The 19 musicals grossed $12,269,085 for 78.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 172,958 at 80.0% of capacity.

The 12 plays grossed $3,427,764 for 21.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 59,430 at 70.4% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $70.94 for musicals, $57.68 for plays and $67.55 for all shows.

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